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Population and Health


The certificate is designed to serve two audiences—masters or doctoral degree students at The Johns Hopkins University and professionals—desiring to expand their knowledge of population dynamics and its linkages with public health issues and their ability to relate population-level concepts and measures of fertility, morbidity and mortality, and migration to health conditions. A population’s health is shaped by fertility, mortality and migration patterns; and population numbers themselves provide the denominators of basic measures of public health, such as life expectancy, cause-specific mortality rates, and infection rates. Connecting a population and health perspective with public health epidemiology allows us to measure and assess the aggregate-level structure of and variation in health risks by age, sex, or other major factors and across the human life span.

Educational Objectives

Students completing the certificate will gain competency in;

  1. Knowledge of the components and measures of population dynamics,
  2. Knowledge of population dynamics’ linkages with public health issues,
  3. The ability to relate vital events and duration exposures with risk factors at the individual and population level.

Admissions Process

Persons eligible for admission to the certificate program must be enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree program at The Johns Hopkins University, with the exception of JHSPH MAS students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their degree program. Non-degree students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university are also eligible to apply.

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions.

The certificate program's review committee will review each applicant of their admission decision.

Requirement for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 term credits. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade; a minimum grade of C is required in all certificate coursework and students must maintain a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all certificate coursework. The certificate program length is flexible; however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements.  The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar.

Course of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when courses are offered. The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below and some courses are only offered every other year. Students should also check for pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.





Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.




Required Courses
380.600Principles of Population Change4-2
380.603Demographic Methods for Public Health432
Elective Courses: Students must complete at least 10 elective credits.
221.627Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries4-2
380.604Life Course Perspective on Health421
380.655Social and Economic Aspects of Human Fertility4-2
380.662Critiquing the Research Literature in Maternal, Neonatal and Reproductive Health4-2
380.664Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology4-4
380.665Family Planning Policies and Programs4-1
380.666Women's Health3-3
380.668International Perspectives on Women, Gender and Health3--
380.720Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health:Adolescence and BeyondVariable-2
380.750Migration and Health: Concepts, Rates and Relationships3-3
380.755Population Dynamics and Public Health 21S
380.756Poverty, Economic Development and Health4-2
380.765Preventing Infant Mortality and Promoting the Health of Women, Infants and Children34-
380.767Couples and Reproductive Health3-1

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Certificate Program Contact
Gilbert Morgan 
(410) 614-6676

Faculty Sponsor
Name: Li Liu

Gainful Employment Program Information

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